March 2009

Month: March 2009

Online Insights with Steve Davis on FIVEaa, Sunday, March 22, 2009

Online Insights with Steve Davis on FIVEaa, Sunday, March 22, 2009

Australian Nudist Federation website Australian nudists have finally entered the 21st century with an official website coinciding with the release of new guidelines for naturists. Unfortunately, the site is one of the clunkiest I have seen for a while with bandwidth-heavy technology. This site certainly won’t be the model for modern websites. Not only is […]

Death in Bowengabbie (****) until Sun, Mar 22, 2009

Death in Bowengabbie (****) until Sun, Mar 22, 2009

For once, I can agree with the official blurb for a 2009 Fringe show. This is indeed a “wicked black fat-heartedcomedy about love, loss and the mourning after”. Bowengabbie is a fictitious, regional town that has lost is young people to the big cities, at least until family members die, forcing the young departed to return […]

Other People’s Problems (****) until Sun, Mar 22, 2009

Other People’s Problems (****) until Sun, Mar 22, 2009

I have discovered a little venue of treasures for the 2009 Adelaide Fringe – The Tuxedo Cat, on the rooftop of 15-19 Synagogue Place in the city. There is a superb array of shows running up in the clouds and they all espouse pure “fringeness”. Other People’s Problems is a performance by Sarah Quinn of […]

Swan Lake (*) until Sun, Mar 15, 2009

Swan Lake (*) until Sun, Mar 15, 2009

Shakti’s Swan Lake is one of those “to be missed” shows. Yes, there is precision, yes it is a good idea to explore this classic ballet, but no, this is not the way. Shakti’s obvious skill is lost in this self-indulgent piece made worse by bad, bad costume choices. There is a certain age after […]

Rich Hall and Otis Lee Crenshaw (****1/2) until Sat, Mar 21, 2009

Rich Hall and Otis Lee Crenshaw (****1/2) until Sat, Mar 21, 2009

Rich Hall is an Adelaide Fringe legend. And he keeps getting better with age. His opening segment as Rich Hall is pure stand up gold. Yes, I am gushing a bit as I write this, but he is just so damned good it is hard to sound neutral. Rich happily pokes fun at our habits […]

The John Lennon Play: In His Own Write (****) until Sat, Mar 14, 2009

The John Lennon Play: In His Own Write (****) until Sat, Mar 14, 2009

This is pure Fringe brilliance. A troupe of young actors, I Must Not Theatre, transport us to another world, in fact, into the inner world of a young John Lennon through a play written in 1968. This play is based on the poetry and writings of John Lennon, and captures the spirit of fantasy and […]

I Hate Rabbits (****1/2) until Sat, Mar 21, 2009

I Hate Rabbits (****1/2) until Sat, Mar 21, 2009

James Galea dubs himself Australia’s Number One magician and I can live with that. He has a warm presence on stage and oozes confidence in what he does. So what does he do? He does tricks! It really is an impressive display of sleight-of-hand. James tells us he saw his first magic trick at the […]

Online Insights with Steve Davis on FIVEaa, Sunday, March 08, 2009

Online Insights with Steve Davis on FIVEaa, Sunday, March 08, 2009

Wunderground I have fallen in love with this weather site because it goes deep into weather conditions and ties together various weather resources in one spot. I particularly like the ability to overlay satellite, fire and severe weather information and then animate it (just like you see it done on television news). Adelaide had boring […]

Slim Limits – The Second Coming of Gods Cowboy (**) until Sun, Mar 8, 2009

Slim Limits – The Second Coming of Gods Cowboy (**) until Sun, Mar 8, 2009

George Catsi has a great idea buried in this show. His character, Rev Slim, is a “disturbed evangelist, dishing out songs, salvation and spit”. When his deep, southern, US accent is on full throttle, it is good. When it slips, the energy in the room slips. Rev Slim charicatures those much maligned evangelical preachers who […]